Students’ dedication and hard work rewarded

The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy’s annual Graduation ceremony took place at their premises in Arcadia on 23 March 2012. The successful 2010/2011 students received their Diplomas in Hospitality Management and Professional Cookery.

Ronel Bezuidenhout, Principal/Director of CHS surprised the students when she deviated from the usual formal speech format with a completely fresh approach. Neatly dressed in a CHS step-out uniform, she conveyed a riveting message to the audience personifying a newly qualified student’s dilemma in having to make the right choices in life. Her message was clear, “With a positive attitude anything is possible. To be successful, one needs 10% skill and 90% attitude.” President of SACA and also co-director of CHS, Stephen Billingham’s “Fourteen point plan to be successful in the industry,” had the audience in stitches, but all knew that his message was spot on and if applied, will contribute toward success in the workplace.  A teary-eyed Anzell Human, former President of the Student Representative Council, said goodbye on behalf of the students.

Mari Venter was awarded “Student of the Year 2011” in Hospitality Management at CHS’s graduation ceremony that recently took place at their premises in Arcadia.  Mari, originally from neighbouring Namibia, is currently in a management position at Four Star Christiana Lodge near PlettenbergBay.  Mari also completed her B Com Degree Accountancy at theNorth WestUniversity in 2009. Sue-Né Pieterse, who was chosen “Student of the Year 2011” in Professional Cookery, runs a small bakery from home. She has received several job offers and is carefully weighing her options before deciding which route to take.

Other merit awards included the following:

Hospitality Management                                                  

Accommodation Services:  Mari Venter                       

Front of House:  Leonie Hefer                                         

Food and Beverage Service:  Annegret Grové              

Business Management:  Mari Venter                             

Human Rescourses:  Ulani Bodensten                            

CWA Preliminary Wine Course:  Mari Venter              

Cith & Guilds:  Ulani Bodenstein

Theoretical Studies:  Mari Venter

Practical Training:  Jean-PierreZietsman

Most Improved Student:  Luan vander Berg

Professional Cookery

City & Guilds:  Samantha Pieters

Theoretical Studies:  Chené Els

Practical Training:  Rita du Plessis

CWA Preliminary Wine Course:  Samantha Pieters

Most Improved Student:  Natasha J van Vuuren

Congratulations to the following students present who graduated.

Hospitality Management                                 

Janneke Basson; Miemie Blaauw; Christipher Calits; Ciné Coetzee; Nadine Cullum; Melissa du Plessis; Delré du Plooy; Elzanne Engelbrecht; Anzell Human; Quintin Korff; Tiffany Lowe; Donovan Macdonald; Juann Marais; Onnica Mokoka; Keitumetse Morolong; Kudzanani Mupikata; Zenta Roets; Marike Roodt; Ruan Seris; Rorisan Tlhekwe; Qume Tocknell; Marida Viljoen; Nicola Visser; Marelize Wolmarans; Mariaan Zeelie; JP Zietsman.

 Professional Cookery

AliciadeVos; Chené Els; Theo Grobler; Sharon Howe; Refilwe Maluleke; Michelle Scheepers; Sharad Vallabh.


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